Against Buhari’s words of commendation to INEC towards the success recorded during Edo State Governorship election, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo chapter on Sunday rejected the result of the Edo Governorship Election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Benin on Sunday.
Chairman of the Edo APC Media Campaign Council, Mr John Mayaki, said in a statement that the party rejected the result, citing alleged strong-arm tactics in the process.
“Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated.
“Areas where we won, they cancelled them, they decreased the votes in areas we had an advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs,” Mayaki said.
According to him, the election was characterised by arbitrary arrests of local party members who could have resisted the outrage, while Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo was busy diverting attention with a false alarm.
“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field,” Mayaki said.
The Governor of Imo State and the Deputy Chairman of the APC Edo State Governorship Campaign Council, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has rejected the results of the Edo State Governorship Election.
A direct opposite of President Buhari’s position. The president had put on record, his satisfaction with the process.
Popularly called Supreme Court governor, because he rose to become the governor from his third position on the ballot results via the act of Court.
The Governor made this known when he arrived the Imo State Government House Owerri on Sunday morning after the election which held on Saturday, 19th September 2020.
Through Oguwike Nwachuku, the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to him.
The Governor Uzodimma disclosed that the entire process in Edo State was marred by irregularities from officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who sabotaged the system, making it difficult for the APC votes to count.
Governor Uzodimma went on to describe the conduct of INEC officials in the Edo Governorship Election as ‘shameful’.
The Governor also thanked the Governorship Candidate of the APC in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for his resilience and doggedness.
He also assured that the APC is already gathering evidence to proceed to the Election Petition Tribunal any moment from now, confident that the party will get a judgment in due time.
Governor Uzodimma urged all APC faithful and party supporters to remain calm and law-abiding, noting that what happened in Edo State is sabotage to our hard-worn Democracy in Nigeria.